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.S-ports JeffYoder, Sports Editor Thursda:, May 4, 2017 Section B By Jeff Yoder Sports Editor DES MOINES Anna Hostetler continued her remarkable year on Thurs- day in Des Moines, running away with the Drake Relays 3,000-meter championship. The Golden Hawks fin- ished the weekend with six top-seven finishes from Anna Hostetler, Marie Hostetler, and Levi Duwa. Lone Tree's Niko Gosnell finished sixth in the high jump and the Mid-Prairie 4x800-meter relay finished 12th. Only four Iowa athletes have ever won a state cross coun- try title, a Drake Relays 3,000 meter race, and a 3,000 meter state championship in the same school year. With three weeks remain- ing before the state track meet, Anna Hostetler took the second step toward completing Iowa's distance triple crown, finishing with a 14-second personal best of 9:51.08. The time landed the 2A state cross country champi- on at No. 12 on the IGHSAU all- time 3,000-meter leader board. Marie Hostetler finished second with a time of 9:56.78, becoming the only other Iowa high school runner to finish the race in under 10 minutes this year. "It's really exciting, and to do it with Marie right behind me was super exciting," Anna said after the race. "Coming in, we were nervous, but knowing that God was with us every step of the way.., it really calms our nerves." Marie surrendered the 3000- meter school record to her older sister just 20 days after running a state-leading time of 10:03.20 at the Creek Classic in Tiffin. "Its OK," Marie laughed after the race. '~nna worked hard for it. She deserves it probably more than I do. I'm proud of her." IMS SOCCER Anna Hostetler leads the 3,000 Jeff oder/Kalona News meter race at the Drake Relays with 400 meters left. = The two Golden Hawks each faster than her 2016 2A state run that fast Yet this year." ran a new season-best in Satur. title time. Anna was in front after 700 day's 1,500-meter race as well. "I was really happy withmeters before giving up the l Anna finished second with ahow the race went, I thought it. lead to Joy Rlpshnger of Dav- time of 4:34.20, while Marie fin- couldn't have gone much bet- enport Assumption on the ished fourth in 4:43.36. ter," she said. third lap. Marie was in seventh It was nine seconds faster "I was hoping to get underplace withthree laps to go, but than Anna's previous low for my previous PR, knowing that moved into fourth place and the season, and four seconds I was in better shape and hadn't held her position. Anna also ran her best 800- meter race of the season, fin- ishing fifth with her time of 2:16.35 on Friday The conditions were poor, with a temperature of 40 de- grees in the wind and rain. "We were freezing before the race even started but it turned out OK," said Hostetler, who stumbled on the wet track with 400 meters remaining. "It was pretty cold, but you also have to realize that some- times it can get to people's heads. You have to not let it affect you and just stay deter- mined even though it's raining and cold." Ripslinger, the two-time 3A state champion in the event, finished over four seconds ahead of the field. Lone Tree's Niko Gosnell placed sixth in the high jump. He was one of only four ath- letes to clear 6-feet, 5-inches on his first attempt at that height. "I felt like it went OK," he said. "The jump that I hit at six- one the first time, I felt a little slow and then when I cleared six three the first time, that one felt more smooth." Gosnell had just one miss out of four attempts before reach- ing 6-7, which would have been a new personal best. J'Von Har- ris of Oskaloosa missed his first two attempts at 6-5 before clearing the bar and going on to win with a jump of 6-9. The worst of Levi Duwa's five measured throws on Thursday would have made him a Drake Relays shot put champion in 2014. This year, he finished sev- enth during a historic shot put competition on the infield of the blue oval. Duwa's toss of 57-9'/2 Was good for fifth place heading into the finals, behind four throwers who had each gone over 60 feet, a first for the Drake Relays. SEE DRAKE I PAGE 4B By Jeff Yoder final goal of the half, assisted a corner kick taken by Boller. Sports Editor by Gerardo Mendoza. Miller credited the midfield Ours scored twice more in with cresting scoring opportu- the second half to become the nities for IMS in the seven-goal DONNELLSON second player of the game to victory Seth Danga scored three record a hat trick. "Two others who had good times in the first half as Iowa Leading 7-0, IMS surren- games were Nick Yutzy and Mennonite took a 5-0 lead on dered a goal late in the game, Isaiah Swantz, who controlled the way to an 8-1 win at Central but coach Marcus Miller was the midfield area all night," he Lee on Thursday pleased with the overall play said. "Both Yutzy and Swantz Danga scored the opening from the unit. do a nice job of controlling play goal without an assist, evading "I was really happy with the and switching fields." Hawk defenders in the 18-yard way the defense played, espe- IMS improved its record to box and beating the goalie to cially whenwe added a couple 6-2 with just one loss in confer- put IMS ahead 1-0. of freshman, Drew Blauveltence play this season. Cole Ours added to the lead and Kobe Borntrager into the Iowa Mennonite was sched- just two minutes later, taking back," he said. uled to host Fairfield, Williams- the cross from Nick Yutzy and "Mitchell Schmieder, Reggie burg and Des Moines Christian finishing to give IMS a two-goal Borntrager and when he wasin a tournament on Saturday, advantage. Danga scored twice in the back, Jacob Boner all did but rain forced the cancellation more, including a header off wellas starters. All were able to of the event. of a cross from dacob Boller, push forward, helping to create IMS travels to No. 9 Danville which gave Iowa Mennonite a sustained offensive pressure." on Thursday, May 4, and will 4-0 lead. Schmieder scored the firsthost the Columbus Wildats on Isaiah Swantz scored the goal of his varsity career on Friday" May 5. Photograph courtesy of Chris Faulkner/Fort Madison Daily Democrat Seth Danga takes a shot as Gerardo Mendoza watches. TRACK & FIELD By Jake Bourgeois Reporter WAYLAND With the exception of the Drake Relay participants and the Mid-Prairie girls' team, all the area track athletes converged on WACO for the Ekstrand Relays. The Lone Tree boys' team led all boys' teams on their way to winning the Class B side of the meet with 152 team points. The Lions collected 18 top-3 finishes spread across 16 events on their way to winning the boys' meet. The win also checked a goal off the team's preseason checklist. "Our team goal on winning four meets this season was met Thursday and we look forward to trying to capitalize on the success," head coach Caylon Trey Lasek clears the high jump bar during competition in Jake Bourgeols/Kalona News Wayland on Thursday. DeVaul said. seconds from Emily Feldman cused in events that may have a The Lone Tree girls finished in the 100 meter shuttle run chance getting to state and also fourth in Class B. The girls' per- and the shuttle hurdle relay putting our kids into positions formance was highlighted by a . Their lone first came in the to be successful in their indi- pair of seconds by Kaycee Kane 4x800 meter relay vidual/relay events," DeVau.1 in the discus and shot put and "We are starting to get fo-said. The Highland girls took sec- ond in Class B as a team with a win in the 4x100 meter relay" a one-two finish from Emily Yahnke and Aly Stokes in the long jump, a second by Kelsey Hora in the 400 meter, and a third from McKenna Winegar- den in the 400 meter hurdles. The boys' side also saw some improving finishes. Zack Lasek continued to place well in the throwing events, but the team also took home first in Class B in the 4x400 meter relay "The 4x400 is a fantastic race and I think our kids are start- ing to find out even though 400s are a tough event, they like it. It was great to see them win that at WACO," boys' head coach Bailey Donovan said. "Our relays are starting to come to- SEE EKSTRAND I PAGE 4B